Posts made in October, 2011

Antiquated Barn – October 30, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 30, 2011 in Featured Photo of the Week | 3 comments

Antiquated Barn – October 30, 2011

While I typically prefer shooting landscapes on sunny days with a few clouds to add drama to the sky, the day I shot this was heavily overcast.  I had been cooped up inside all week, and had finally gotten caught up with everything else, so decided to go out and take some photos.  The day was dreary, so I spent some time trying to think of a subject that the mood of the weather would complement.  I had a general idea of the type of scene I was looking for, but had no idea where to find it, so I hopped in my car & just started driving towards a rural area out of town.  I eventually came across this old barn that was in a severe state of disrepair.   This was...

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Smoke – October 23, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 23, 2011 in Featured Photo of the Week | 1 comment

Smoke – October 23, 2011

A long time favorite of mine, a recent weekend stay at an upscale Chicago hotel brought this shot back into the forefront of my mind.  The hotel had a faux fireplace with candles instead of a gas or log fire.  Above the fireplace, the designer had selected a series of smoke shots to display.  I thought it was an appropriate location that gave a metaphorical quality to the imagery.   I did my experimentation years ago.  It was a cold Chicago winter, and I wasn’t feeling like braving the outside cold to shoot anything.  Because of the weather, I had a few large (& inexpensive) candles that I kept lit.  Whenever I would blow them out the smoke was thick...

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Cala – October 16, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 16, 2011 in Featured Photo of the Week | 2 comments

Cala – October 16, 2011

Composing the image and setting up the lighting and exposure for this Cala Lily was the easy part. Finding a flawless flower to photograph turned out to be nearly impossible.  Since Calas aren’t native to the Midwest I initially assumed the flaws were caused by the transit time.  Now, after photographing various other flowers in varying settings, I realize that perfect specimens are rare.  Even when shooting wild unpicked flowers in their native environments, if not take during a very narrow window of the plant’s life, some sort of imperfection is usually present.  While the flaws are usually minor and not very prominent when viewing them in person, the single...

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Krysti & Tony – October 9, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 10, 2011 in Featured Photography | 0 comments

Krysti & Tony – October 9, 2011

Congratulations Tony & Krysti on your October 7 nuptials.  I’m glad that we had such great weather to capture your photographs.  Here’s a quick preview set from our Geneva shoot.  The full set, when complete, will be found at the following link: Krysti & Tony.  To view the full set, please contact me or the couple for the password.     -Antuany Smith

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Chicago – October 8, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 9, 2011 in Featured Photo of the Week, Featured Photography | 1 comment

Chicago – October 8, 2011

After catching up on some overdue matting and framing a number images, and having a rare afternoon of no appointments/deadlines, I took advantage of the unseasonably nice weather to wander around and photograph the always photogenic city of Chicago.  With a high of 81 degrees and fully sunny, I couldn’t have asked for better weather.   Since I had the non-typical role of being a passenger instead of the driver, I was able to start my observations off from a passenger window and the sunroof.  The mid-day sun enhanced the detailing to help create this abstract architectural shot: Chicago Abstract (Please Click the Image to Enlarge and/or View Purchase...

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Apple Store’s Tribute to Steve Jobs – October 8, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 9, 2011 in Featured Photography | 2 comments

Apple Store’s Tribute to Steve Jobs – October 8, 2011

Just three days after Steve Job’s untimely death, the already recognizable Apple store facade had been transformed into a colorful tribute to Apple’s founder & savior.  I was, and remain, amazed at the content and sheer number of messages people were leaving on post-it notes stuck to the store’s windows.  The glass was nearly full of messages written on the popular, and colorfully diverse, 3″x3″ squares in a number of different languages.   While it is always sad when someone is taken (especially when they are still so relatively young), I can’t imagine a professional athlete, or movie star, or even a president or other...

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Between Mountains & the Sea – October 2, 2011

Posted by Admin on Oct 2, 2011 in Featured Photo of the Week | 1 comment

Between Mountains & the Sea – October 2, 2011

Residing in the still incomplete culmination of architect Antoni Gaudi’s career, the “Basilica i Temple Expiatori de la Sagrada Familia”, is this immaculately detailed organ.  More commonly known only as “Sagrada Famila”, this church is as identifiable with its Spanish city of Barcelona as the Eiffel Tower is to Paris or the Statue of Liberty is to New York.  The building offers an infinite number of photographic opportunities, and though most visitors commit much less time, a visit to the Basilica can easily take a full day or more (just be sure to pack a lunch, as no concessions are available on site).   This particular...

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